The US Federal Bureau of Investigation's counter-terrorism chief, Dale Watson, says he thinks Osama bin Laden is "probably" dead.
It is thought to be the first time a senior US law-enforcement official has publicly offered an opinion on whether Bin Laden, the prime suspect believed to be behind the 11 September attacks, is dead or alive.
KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Osama bin Laden is "probably" dead, but former Taliban leader Mullah Omar is alive, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said.
Karzai's comments came on the eve of the anniversary of the start of the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan as part of the war on terrorism.
There are other doubters, too. Professor Bruce Lawrence, head of Duke University's religious studies' department and the foremost Bin Laden expert, argues that the increasingly secular language in the video and audio tapes of Osama (his earliest ones are littered with references to God and the Prophet Mohammed) are inconsistent with his strict Islamic religion, Wahhabism.
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Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader.
"The Coalition troops are engaged in a mad search operation but they would never be able to fulfill their cherished goal of getting Usama alive or dead," the source said.
Bin Laden, according to the source, was suffering from a serious lung complication and succumbed to the disease in mid-December, in the vicinity of the Tora Bora mountains. The source claimed that bin Laden was laid to rest honorably in his last abode and his grave was made as per his Wahabi belief.
US officials say Osama Bin Laden's body was treated with respect and buried at sea, but some Muslims argue there was no good reason for not burying it on land.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on Thursday that al Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been killed in a joint U.S. and Iraqi military raid north of Baghdad.
Jordanian-born Zarqawi is blamed by the United States for the beheading of foreign captives and suicide bombings that have maimed and killed hundreds in Iraq. He had become a figurehead for Islamist militants opposing Washington and Maliki's government.
New Delhi: A gruesome image, purportedly of the body of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden who was killed in a gunbattle with US forces in Pakistan on Monday, is a fake, according to media reports.
The image was widely carried by many of the online newspapers and blogs to substantiate claims that the al Qaeda supreme was gunned down by American forces.
The image is based on a genuine photograph of bin Laden taken in 1998 by the Reuters news agency. Associated Press also released the television screen grab of the bloodied image which it later retracted. The bottom half of the fake image (right) is identical to that of the Reuters photo (left).
So far the US authorities have not released an official photo of the corpse of the man who was once the world's most wanted terrorist.
i see your point. from my perspective, though, i feel that it's too early in the election cycle for this to have any long term bump that will guarantee re-election.(if real) but something doesn't sit right with the b.c./wedding/ubl distractions. libya is a mess, syria is on fire, northeast japan is fxcked and they're no longer reporting, there are nle drills planned along the nmsz as well as the army corp of engineers deciding to possibly blow levies. if something goes down in the near future we'll know that this was all bullshxt... the american in me, that wants to put back on my blinders and go back to sleep, really hopes it is all as it's being reported. but my guts tell me different.(maybe my guts are telling my i'm crazy)